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Chemotherapy Research and Practice
Volume 2011, Article ID 175054, 9 pages
Research Article

Cisplatin Tumor Biodistribution and Efficacy after Intratumoral Injection of a Biodegradable Extended Release Implant

1Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Natural Products, School of Pharmacy, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 91120 Jerusalem, Israel
2Department of Urology, Hadassah Medical Center, 91120 Jerusalem, Israel
3Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, The Kuvin Centre for the Study of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, Hadassah Medical School—Faculty of Medicine, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 91120 Jerusalem, Israel

Received 1 September 2010; Revised 26 November 2010; Accepted 11 January 2011

Academic Editor: Elias Jabbour

Copyright © 2011 Ariella Shikanov et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Local delivery of chemotherapeutic drugs has long been recognized as a potential method for reaching high drug doses at the target site while minimizing systemic exposure. Cisplatin is one of the most effective chemotherapeutic agents for the treatment of various tumors; however, its systemic toxicity remains the primary dose-limiting factor. Here we report that incorporation of cisplatin into a fatty acid-based polymer carrier followed by a local injection into the solid tumor resulted in a successful tumor growth inhibition in heterotopic mouse bladder tumor model in mice. Platinum concentration in the tumor tissue surrounding the injected implant remained above the therapeutic level up to 14 days after the injection, while the plasma levels were several orders of magnitude lower comparing to systemic delivery. The reported delivery system increased the maximum tolerated dose of cisplatin 5 times compared to systemic delivery, thus potentially improving antitumor efficacy of cisplatin in solid tumor model.